At first look, the race was another of Marquez’s waiting games: sitting back like Marco Lucchinelli in 1981, letting the others consume their tires in speed, then striking in later laps with an overwhelming advantage in tire condition. Not so fast. Believing, as he stated, that Lorenzo’s big-line style might work well on Brno’s better pavement, the Repsol Honda rider had to keep him in sight, so his fastest lap of the race was Lap 3, a 1:56.135 to Lorenzo’s 1:56.405. Just as four-time 500cc World Champion Eddie Lawson used to do, Marquez was measuring the opposition. Once satisfied that Lorenzo could not get clear, Marquez waited for the situation to mature. After Lap 6, then, no more hot laps for Marquez.